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Cavaliers Are Out of Sync On and Off the Court

Even with Lebron ‘King” James holding court, something just isn’t quite right with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s hard to criticize a team that’s leading the Eastern Conference by two games over the Toronto Raptors, but they just don’t seem to be playing with the right level of intensity on a nightly basis.

For starters, this is a team that fired its head coach (Dave Blatt) on January 22, 2016 while sitting in first place in both the Central Division and the Eastern Conference. One of the main criticisms leveled at Blatt by James and his teammates was the coach’s inability to motivate the troops and hold players accountable on a nightly basis.

If the last five games are any indication of how the Cavaliers are going to play day in and day out under new Head Coach Tyronn Lue, then it would appear Blatt’s firing was about something entirely different like the whim of a superstar forward/guard. The team’s recent disappointing play was on full display this past week when the Cavs blew a 9-point lead in the fourth quarter in a key conference game against the Raptors. In a close race for the #1 seed and home court advantage, this was a devastating loss. This also had an effect on the free bet offers which usually are in favour of the Cavs.

Cavs forward Kevin Love had this to say about his team’s recent loss of focus: “If we don’t play as hard as we can, even with all the talent we have, I don’t know, I wouldn’t say we’re not as good as we think we are, but we’re not as good as we can and should be.” The fact is the problems seem to be running deeper than anyone within the organization is willing to admit.

First of all, the NBA is entering the home stretch when teams are supposed to be kicking it up a notch in order to secure the best possible playoff position. Free bet offers favorites the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors are playing like well-oiled machines. In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics are surging, having won 15 of its last 19 games. These teams are clearly in full flight for the wire.

And then here’s the best team in the Eastern conference losing 3 of its last 5 games in the ugliest ways possible. A recent home loss to the Detroit Pistons 96-88 showed that even defending home court is becoming an issue. Perhaps the issues start in the locker room that James Jones called a “pressure cooker.”

Many folks around the league are acutely aware of the internal riffs between Love and James. There were plenty of rumors around the trade deadline involving Love and one gets the feeling James was hoping for a change. Maybe that’s what this team needs is personnel changes. When the front office recently refused to bring back Kendrick Perkins, certain players went out of their way to express their anger. Under NBA predictions, the Cavs won’t be picked to win any awards for camaraderie.

One the court, hustle and poor defense have been the source of much concern. When Lue took over the team, he pledged to have them picking up the pace by getting out on the fast break with regularity. That’s fine when a team defends well, which is exactly what the Cavs don’t do as evidenced by the fact they have been fourth in the league for points allowed since Lue took over. They were fifth best under Blatt.

Under current NBA prop free bets, the Cavaliers are listed at +300 to win the NBA Championship. It’s starting to look like a number that is too low. In the meantime, NBA award predictions are starting to make the rounds and it looks like the Warriors are in line for a lot of hardware. With Stephen Curry a virtual lock for a second straight MVP, it’s near impossible to find sportsbooks willing to post NBA prop bets on many top categories.

This article is courtesy of topbettinglines.com friend John Hawthorne. John is an avid sports gambler with a passion for NBA. More information about his sports writing and free bets bookmaker reviews can be found online at http://www.freebookmakersbetsandbonuses.com.au.

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